24 TV Movie Gets Air Date, Plot: Jack Bauer in Africa!

Look out, Africa, because Jack Bauer is headed your way, and as anyone who has seen the previous six seasons of FOX’s action-adventure show 24 knows, Jack don’t play that. While Season 7 of 24 won’t return until January 2009, the Powers That Be want to give the fans some 24 for 2008 with an original 24 TV movie. The air date will be November 23rd, 2008, and the movie will act as a prequel to the events of Season 7. Find out what the movie will be about below.

From IGN via a FOX press release:

Shot on location in South Africa, Jack Bauer battles an international crisis, while here at home the nation prepares for a new president on inauguration day. Taking place just a few months before the new day dawns, the prequel will set the stage and raise the stakes for Season 7.

Once the TV movie is done with, Season 7 will kick off with the following plot:

Set in Washington, DC, “Day 7” finds CTU dismantled and Jack Bauer on trial. Bauer’s day takes an unexpected turn when former colleague TONY ALMEIDA (Carlos Bernard) returns. Meanwhile, President ALLISON TAYLOR (Cherry Jones) leads the country alongside White House Chief of Staff ETHAN KANIN (Bob Gunton) and First Gentleman HENRY TAYLOR (Colm Feore).

A national security crisis prompts an investigation by a team of FBI agents including Agent JANIS GOLD (Janeane Garofalo), Agent RENEE WALKER (Annie Wersching), Agent LARRY MOSS (Jeffrey Nordling), Agent SEAN HILLINGER (Rhys Coiro) and security specialist MICHAEL LATHAM (John Billingsley). Although CTU is no longer, CHLOE O’BRIAN (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and BILL BUCHANAN (James Morrison) are back for another momentous day of shocking events.

And oh, in case you missed it, here’s the first cast photo from Season 7:

24 Season 7 Cast